The complete lyrics of Johnny Mercer

by Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks q ML54.6.M45 C66 2009
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  q ML54.6.M45 C66 2009
The seventh volume in Knopf's critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercer's centennial year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the first time.Johnny Mercer's early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in the musicals of early Hollywood. With his collaborators, who included Richard A. Whiting, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen, he wrote the lyrics to some of the most famous standards, among them, "Too Marvelous for Words," "Jeepers Creepers," "Skylark," "I'm Old-Fashioned," and "That Old Black Magic."During a career of more than four decades, Mercer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song an astonishing eighteen times, and won four- for his lyrics to "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" (music by Warren), "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" (music by Carmichael), and "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses" (music for both by Henry Mancini).You've probably fallen in love with more than a few of Mercer's songs-his words have never gone out of fashion-and with this superb collection, it's easy to see that his lyrics elevated popular song into art.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lazybones, one of the slyest, most charming exploitations of U.S. southern stereotypes ever, is the very first standard in Mercer's lyrical corpus, with music by southern Indiana's Hoagy Carmichael, of course, with whom Mercer collaborated reasonably regularly thereafter (e.g., Skylark ), though Hoagy wrote lyrics (e.g., Rockin' Chair ), and Johnny music (e.g., Dream ), very well unassisted. It about perfectly expresses the easygoing amusement that Savannah's favorite son brought to the great American popular song. Mercer also worked with such brilliant song composers as Harold Arlen, Al Dubin, Sammy Fain, Johnny Green, E. Y. Harburg, Henry Mancini, Jimmy McHugh, Arthur Schwartz, Jimmie Van Heusen, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill, and Vincent Youmans, with scads of jazz players, even with such forebears as Schubert, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Foster. There are almost 1,500 lyrics in this massive, square volume illustrated with movie and theatrical stills and annotated as necessary (often anecdotally). Now if only there were an accompanying anthology of great recordings of Mercer's stuff, starting with those of the man himself the only chart-topping vocalist among his peers.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Songs, English -- United States -- Texts.
Popular music -- United States -- Texts.
Songs -- Texts.
Musicals -- Texts.
Popular music lyrics.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Lyrics
Johnny Mercer
Contributors Kimball, Robert, editor.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xxvi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780307265197
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